Private sector injects millions into community from page 1

2016-09-21 06:00
Group Five managing director Eduan Van Rooyen, Ansaldo director Andrea Chiaratti, KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu and KZN MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Sihle Zikalala during the handover of the R2. 5 million to be donated to a community fund established to assist local residents with skills development. Photo: supplied

Group Five managing director Eduan Van Rooyen, Ansaldo director Andrea Chiaratti, KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu and KZN MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Sihle Zikalala during the handover of the R2. 5 million to be donated to a community fund established to assist local residents with skills development. Photo: supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

“According to the International Energy Agency the investment that has been made by various independent countries and global giants such as England and other European nations in [the energy sector] has been great but in Africa, the investment has been minimal.
“This means that the amount of progress that Africa still has to make in this regard is great and the potential in this industry is still great in South Africa and in Africa as a whole,” he said.

The MEC said Avon Peaking Power Plant currently produces 670 megawatts of energy which is in high demand within KZN, adding that construction of the plant has created an estimated 1500 jobs.

“These are immense contributions which deserve to be lauded but I must state that one important request we would like to make is that we must ensure that we help emerging businesses to enter into the economic space,” Zikalala said.

He said it is imperative that emerging entrepreneurs are placed within incubation programmes which would assist Small, Medium Micro-sized Enterprises.

“I wish to state that the provincial government of KZN is doing much to ensure that it is relatively easy to invest in this province. We want to address challenges that come with the application for Environment Impact Assessment, water use licences as well as access to land and also end the endless negotiations between [relevant stakeholders] so that it can be easy and simpler to invest in KwaZulu-Natal,” the MEC said.

He said through Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, a one-stop shop is being established to service investors by providing all the information in one hub. Zikalala said that this is necessary because investment has been lost in the past due to a protracted process that potential investors had to follow.

“We must be grateful that this type of investment which has us gathered her today is occurring here, in KwaDukuza near King Shaka International Airport as well as the Dube Tradeport, which plays a significant role in the development of our economy under the strategic infrastructure programme number two, which states it is important that we ensure that development­, especially with regards to infrastructure, is expanded throughout the province,” Zikalala said.

He said the provincial government is determined to ensure that industrialisation spreads throughout the province, adding that each district has been earmarked for specific projects under the programme Provincial Spatial Economic Development Strategy.

“With all that said, we as the community of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, KwaDukuza there is a role that we must play when industries bring the economy to us, we need to accept it with open hands because it is important that we take advantage of employment and training opportunities,” he said.

Zikalala said many people squander training opportunities even when they are incentivised which is a major concern.

In conclusion, he said an uneducated nation would remain in perpetual poverty.
He added that according to a report by Statistics General, South African parents are more educated compared to their children, which is a major concern.
He encouraged pupils to take their education seriously and understand that learning goes beyond the secondary level.

KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu said the municipality appreciates the partnership with Group Five and Ansaldo and the commitment made by the two companies to contribute towards community development following protests that rocked the peaking plant last year resulting in a number of job losses.

“I must indicate that some were of the false perception that since these two companies had committed to this project that means they had already donated the funds and that I, Mthembu, and my team had used it for personal gain,” Mthembu said.




Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/World
 

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.